Supplements are a “mystery” to a lot of people.
Supplements are NOT steroids.
I’ve dedicated a post to the supplements I take in the past, but wanted to do a quick update today. Warning: this Work It Out is largely educational/exploration. If that bores you, check out this past post on The Gun Show. Biceps are my favorite thing to work out.
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of SD Pharmaceuticals.
In my previous supplements post I shared my reasons for taking the following. I still take each of these daily* (though I took a break while I was recovering from surgery since I wasn’t using my body in a way that needed them).
*Note: I’ve since switched Aminos brands.
You guys know by know that I don’t shy away from experimenting with my diet and routines. When I was given the opportunity to try out some supplements from SD Pharmaceuticals, I was intrigued.
Some of the language used to describe the benefits gave me pause because I’m not on a weight loss mission. However, they have done some fantastic in-depth research and use the highest quality plant-based ingredients. The research on added benefits of these supplements to bodybuilders made me decide to give it a go.
Here’s what I was sent:
- Dendrobium 600 – Derived from orchids; used in Chinese medicine as a tonic and strengthener; may increase congition, and promotes the health of the stomach, kidney, and lungs
- Diindolylmethane – In the genus of plants that includes broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kale; supports healthy estrogen metabolism and hormonal balance
- Garcinia Cambogia – Comes from a pumpkin-shaped fruit (yay pumpkin!); supports healthy serotonin levels and help reduce appetite; may impact enzymes related to fat metabolism
- Green Coffee Bean – Green coffee beans (recently made famous by Dr. Oz) are coffee beans that have not yet been roasted, thus having higher chlorogenic acid levels; that component is thought to be responsible for inhibiting fat accumulation and assisting weight loss, as well as providing healthy antioxidants
- Raspberry Ketone – From red raspberries (obv); antioxidant, may reduce fat absorption, increase calorie expenditure, and enhance fat breakdown
Supplements CAN be confusing. What to take, when to take it, how to combined it… that’s why I love that the company provides a downloadable stacking guide.
I need to be hand-held sometimes.
So does it work?
I don’t think I’ve been on them long enough to have major strength gains. I haven’t noticed a weight loss or a reduction in appetite. Again, that’s not my goal. I am extremely active and don’t have weight to lose, so I think my body overrides that effect. (Others have noticed bigger changes in terms of weight loss; check out this review.)
I HAVE noticed a general mood lift, which I attribute to the Dendrobium and Garcinia. I have more energy, but not in a caffeinated-I have-the-shakes-and-need-to-do-all-the-things way. I also didn’t have any trouble falling asleep after beginning these. Energy + sleep = awesome.
There is NO magic pill. These things may assist you in reaching goals, but the only sure-fire way to get/stay fit is to eat right and exercise.
Do you take vitamins/supplements?
Would you be curious to try any of these?